Gayle Petty Journey of the Olympic Flame

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Journey of the Olympic Flame

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Sixty years ago the Olympic flame was ignited for the first time in the sacred grove of Olympia and carried to the opening of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. The significance of the Olympic flame has continued to grow ever since as it travels around the world, visiting different cultures and countries bringing with it the hope for peace and the aim for international understanding.

The Journey of the Olympic Flame celebrates the history and legacy of this time-honored Olympic tradition. This unique book honors the history of the Olympic flameÕs many journeys as well as the inspirational stories that carried it. It will connect the audience more closely to the Olympic Games, its athletic heroes, the spirit, and the Olympic ideals.

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ÒThe most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.Ó

These famous words, commonly referred to as the Olympic Creed, are attributed to Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympic Games. Whatever their origins, they aptly describe the theme behind each and every Olympic competition, as well as the spirit that can be felt by all those who participate in or are touched by the Olympic flame and Olympic torch relay. Each Olympic torchbearerÑwhether an Olympian or notÑplays a small but important part in the events leading up to the Olympic Games, earning a piece of history in the Olympic annals, even if it is not for athletic achievements.

The goal of this book is to both educate and recognize all those touched by the spirit of the Olympic Movement through the journey of the Olympic flame on its passage from Olympia, Greece, to its final destination in the host city for the summer or winter Olympic Games. While only a very small percentage of the worldÕs population will ever have the opportunity to witness an Olympic Games firsthand, countless individuals since 1928 have experienced the Olympic spirit via the Olympic flame as it has passed through their communities, igniting a flame in each of us. The long journey of the Olympic flame every two years can be likened to the journey most Olympic athletes must endure prior to competing in the Games. For those who have seen the Olympic flame, the spirit of the Olympic Movement burns brightly in their memories for many years after the actual celebration of each Olympic Games.

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"This is one book you will never regret reading because it takes you where many cannot go." -- Gary King, BellaOnline's Bowling Editor

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